If you’re considering getting a pool, it can be hard to know how to landscape around it to make your backyard look magnificent. As the experts in pool design, we at The Pool Co know what awesome pools look like.
We’ve curated this list of pool landscaping ideas to get you going in the right direction.
What is Pool Landscaping?
The area around the pool is just as important as the choice of the pool itself in how it makes your backyard look.
Designing the area around your pool to elevate the style of your yard is what is known as pool landscaping.
By creating a well-thought-out, eye-catching area around your pool, you can put the spotlight on your fab new pool and create a fantastic area for lounging around after your swim.
It refers to elements such as lighting, furniture, tiling, and garden. This can all add to the aesthetic of your pool. Fantastic pool landscaping considers what the pool will be used for so that it serves all the purposes you need it to.
For example, will children be using it? Will it be used at night?
This will alter what you need to add around the pool for ultimate useability.
Fantastic pool landscaping has the potential to increase your property value.
Many home buyers want a home with a pool to cool off in during the summer months, or year-round depending on where you live. However, it’s only a drawcard when you have well-designed pool landscaping to make it look like an enticing choice.
Pool Landscaping Ideas
Here are some of the factors you should consider when designing your pool landscaping.
Consider when and how the pool will be used and this will assist you in making the right choices about the below factors. Add in these elements to make your pool look even more amazing.
Having lighting around your pool will be key, especially if it is a lap pool where you may be swimming in the early morning or after work when it’s darker.
Lighting can give you more sight when you pop up from a swimming session. Not only that, but having those lights on outside shining right on your pool will highlight it as the focal point of your backyard. Show off your pool when you have guests over!
If you have kids, they will love being able to pop in for a swim even at night time when it gets dark early. Lighting can entirely change the way you use your pool - no more having to get out when it gets dark.
You need to consider what tiles you are going to put around your pool. Remember that you will land on these when you hop out, dripping wet. The tiles, therefore, can’t be too slippery!
How do you choose the right tiles for around your pool?
You don’t want any that are going to get slippery when wet as this is dangerous around a pool. Look for tiles which are slip-resistant, water-resistant, and are not going to wear through quickly.
Then, there’s the look of the tile. Choosing a nice pebbled tile can offer you some extra grip when your feet are wet as well as looking organic and classy.
Limestone and travertine are always popular choices for pool tiles as well because they look sleek and elegant with a natural feel to them.
Next, let’s talk about how to up your style with pool furniture. Again, you’re likely to have kids clambering onto this while still completely wet from the pool so you need to choose carefully. Nothing too plush that will soak up the water.
Wood is a great choice because it doesn’t matter if it gets wet, doesn’t heat up too much in the sun, and doesn’t get too chilly either! Using materials like rattan, bamboo, and cane can be a good option to create a beachy style design around your pool. Just because you’re not at the beach doesn’t mean you can’t feel like you are!
Many people enjoy having sun loungers around their pools. This allows you to sunbathe or dry off in the sun before heading inside. Or chill out there and read a good book while the kids splash around in the pool.
Don’t forget that next to your lounger, you’re going to need a side table for that all-important cocktail or smoothie. When you’re looking at tables, again you can go with wood. However, a table with a stone top can look stylish and it’s easy to clean as well.
Last but by no means least is the garden. When you think of landscaping, people tend to jump to thinking about the garden because it is an important consideration.
The reality is when you are in and around your pool, you want to create a fantastic relaxing atmosphere, and the garden is a large part of that.
The type of pool you have will have a large influence on the surroundings. Whether you have a square pool or a rectangle pool will change how you design your garden around this. Curves, straight edges, and custom pools all call for different plantings and features.
No matter the pool design, many people prefer a low-maintenance garden as its less time consuming for upkeep. Trees may not be a great idea, however, because that’s just more leaves to clean out of your pool.
That’s why many people go for shrubs a few metres away from the pool. Or flowers, if they don’t mind the upkeep. Shrubs offer some greenery without too many leaves sneaking their way into the pool and flowers are just a gorgeous choice.
Just consider what works for the size of the section and your ability to maintain whatever plants you choose.
Most of all, have fun while doing your pool landscaping. After all, that’s exactly why you decided to get a pool! If you’re considering buying a pool, get in touch with us today for a no-obligation consultation.